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Famed percussionist Evelyn Glennie gives recital on November 10


Evelyn Glennie, the first person in the history of classical music to establish and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist, will be heard in recital at 8pm on November 10 (Monday) at the Auditorium of the Sha Tin Town Hall.

Glennie will join pianist Philip Smith to play works by Nebojsa Zivkovic, John Psathas and Leigh Howard Stevens, among others.

The concert is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, Glennie graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she studied piano and percussion. She has recorded 17 albums, won two Grammy Awards and received two other nominations. She has performed with virtually all of the world's finest orchestras and greatest conductors in the most famous concert halls.

"Glennie's mere presence instills a hypnotic quality, and the intensity of her stage presence is compelling," The Guardian wrote.

Glennie is well known to TV viewers. Her small-screen appearances have included "The David Letterman Show" (USA), "Sesame Street" (USA) and "The Michael Barrymore Show" (UK). She has already achieved virtually every accolade or ambition that an aspiring musician could dream of. In 1993, she was awarded the OBE (Officer of the British Empire) for her remarkable musical achievement.

Philip Smith came to international attention at the age of 20 as a prizewinner at the 1978 Leeds International Piano Competition. During the 1980s he added major prizes at several international competitions to his collection and gave concerts in Europe, America and Japan. In 1989 he made his BBC Promenade Concert debut with Evelyn Glennie. They have since performed together worldwide.

Tickets priced at $300, $200 and $120 are available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price concessions will be granted to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. A 10% discount is also available for Friends of Leisure and Cultural Services performing venues. Box seats and lounge packages are available for the performances. For details, call 2268 7236.

On November 9 (Sunday) at 11 am, Evelyn Glennie will conduct a percussion masterclass in English. It will take place at the Cultural Activities Hall of the Sha Tin Town Hall. Free tickets are available at the Enquiry Counters of the Sha Tin Town Hall and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre from October 9 (Thursday) onwards on a first-come-first-served basis.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321 or visit Ticketing enquiries and reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Tickets can also be booked through the website,

End/Wednesday, October 1, 2003

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